Occupy Wall Street News Round-Up: New York Times Shifts Blame for Mass Arrests, Occupations Spread Worldwide
This was a big weekend for Occupy Wall Street, with some 700 protesters (including an AlterNet staffer) getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Meanwhile, support for the occupation continues to grow in New York City and around the country/world. Here are some Occupy Wall Street developments to keep an eye on:
--As DailyKos' Laura Clawson noted earlier today, the Transport Workers Union (an Occupy Wall Street supporter) is going to court over being forced to drive Occupy Wall Street protesters in city buses.
--Digby points us to this tweet from NBC's Richard Engel: "Expect nypd to react strongly to protests. 'We won't let what happened in london to go on,' I was told." Peaceful demonstrations = riots to the NYPD? Troubling.
--Perhaps you saw this image being passed around on Facebook this weekend? It took just minutes for the New York Timestoshift the blame for Saturday's mass arrests at the Brooklyn Bridge:
--"Occupy Together," a hub for worldwide actions/occupations in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, has catologued events in more than 150 cities, from Omaha, Nebraska to Sydney, Australia. More info on how to participate here.
--From the "Declaration of the Occupation of New York City," accepted by Occupy Wall Street's general assembly late last week:
As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
Read the whole thing here.
--Occupy Wall Street now has a Tumblr.
--There are unconfirmed reports floating around Twitter that CNBC's Jim Cramer admitted on-air he was "worried" about Occupy Wall Street.
--Wednesday will be a big day at Occupy Wall Street, as a host of labor unions plan to march in solidarity with the movement. 4:30-7:30pm, starting at City Hall. More details here.